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Locals residents not sure if Crestview can recover after Floyd era
CRESTVIEW -- After 5-years of allegedly terrorizing a town a former Crestview police officer is standing trial for racketeering.
Some residents don't know if the town will ever recover from Floyd's alleged reign of terror.
"It's been more then a year since former Major Joseph Floyd was indicted for racketeering since then the Crestview Police Department has new management and a new police chief, but many in town say they have mixed feelings on if they trust the local police department."
Former Major Joseph Floyd faces a slew of accusations, including making false official statements, battery, assault, official misconduct, bribery, extortion, tampering with evidence and witnesses.
And the state says the Former Police Chief Brain Mitchell was onboard.
Charlotte Gross "There is to much of "The Good Ole Boy" system going on."
Among the allegations, Floyd is also accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him. Then intimidating her by placing duct tape on a naked Barbie doll's mouth and putting where she'd see it,
Tim English "If it really happened it's sad to know that our town and the ladies in this community had to go through something like that."
"I don't even feel safe getting pulled over it makes you just want to break the law to just get away from them because of people like that."
Both Mitchell and Floyd were fired last year and Tony Taylor has stepped in as the new chief.
Some say bringing faith back to the community.
"I believe that the integrity at the top is what changes those situations and I feel very confidant that we're not going to see something like that out of Tony Taylor."
Others say it's going to take a while before they trust any law enforcement.
"Not until they can show that none of that is going on anymore."
"This trial could take up to two weeks."